From a simple shade to a complex and creative design, nail trends in 2022 are all across the board—in a good way. In order to get a grip on what's got everyone reaching for their vintage issues of Cosmopolitan for inspiration, we chatted with Heather Nelson, a nail technician at Design 1 Salon Spa – Grandville.
Can't choose which color to go with for your next mani? No worries. According to Nelson, multicolored nails are on the rise—whether you favor three colors or 10.
"Your most popular colors are neutrals, neutrals and more neutrals. However, soft white, blues and green polishes are chart-topping colors you'll see this year," Nelson explained, noting that abstract nail art using random shapes and lines (usually done with a nude base) is also trending. "You could say a 90s motif look is in for 2022! Mismatched hands are also rising in popularity, usually featuring the same nail art but with different colors on each hand."
Arguably just as important as nail color is your choice of nail shape. Nelson advises that ballerina and almond shapes are the most popular at the moment, with many opting for their natural nails and dip powder manicures over the use of acrylics since the pandemic. Japanese Gel Manicures, which Design 1 offers, is also a trending application method promising lasting results.
Of course, there will always be some classic style staples mixed in with whatever is new.
"French manicures have been making a comeback in the fiercest way, whether you opt for your classic white tips or go more modern and have them lined by what's called 'the minimalist trim,'" Nelson said. "Let's be honest—90s nail trends are coming back with a high fashion twist."
I knew I kept my Caboodles case for a reason.
But who decides what's hot and what's not these days, anyway? Nelson says the internet—especially TikTok—plays a huge part in influencing trends.
"Many clients have come in with a specific screenshot from TikTok asking for something similar," she said.
If you're not sure what color, shape or application method is right for you, Nelson says to trust your Design 1 nail tech and their advice, as they're always immersed in up-and-coming trends and techniques.
"Not every trend is going to make sense for everyone but believe me—we have your back!"
Tips for Healthy Nails
- Keep your cuticles and nails moisturized with hand lotion or cuticle oil.
- Don’t bite or pick at hangnails or push back your cuticles.
- If caring for your nails at home, keep your nail care tools clean to prevent infections.
- Be gentle when filing or shaping.
- If you’re unsure on how to properly remove acrylics, gels or dip powder, leave it to the professionals.
Written by Sarah Suydam, Managing Editor for West Michigan Woman.
This article originally appeared in the Apr/May '22 issue of West Michigan Woman.